Welcome to the Autumn edition of Blind Citizens News for 2021. You can also download the Word version or listen to the audio within each article.

List of Articles

  • Editorial – “The issue you’re about to read covers the concerns of high school students, young people, and employees in a variety of settings. You’ll also read a touching tribute to June Ashmore, another of the advocates who helped shape our present, and whose influence we shouldn’t forget…”
  • Report on the National Policy Council – “Have you had to scan a QR code recently? QR codes are likely to be here to stay as we adapt to COVID normal. Therefore, the NPC will develop a position statement on QR code accessibility…”
  • Answering Your Questions About Independent Assessments – “If you’re confused about independent assessments, that’s ok… In this article, we’ll try to answer some of the biggest questions that have been raised with us so far, so hopefully you’ll leave with a better understanding of what’s changing and how it might affect you…”
  • A Case for Braille – “Print will always have a significant role in the lives of sighted people, and it will be relied upon forever. Braille is no different. In order to live an independent and fulfilling life, and to continue to learn, we must first have those elementary skills of reading and writing. In order for blind people to have those skills, braille is essential…”
  • An Eye to the Future of Employment Project Review – “What we want to showcase is that people are at different stages of life, career, vision loss, interests and expertise. There is a place in employment for everyone… There are so many varied skills and interests that bring so much life experience to a workplace…”
  • Vale June Ashmore – “June made numerous contributions to the advocacy work and social activity of the BCA ACT Branch. We particularly recall her contribution to a joint NSW ACT Working Group which developed a comprehensive directory of service for people who are blind or vision impaired in NSW and the ACT…”
  • I Don’t Need Them to See Through You – “This piece is excerpted from Growing Up Disabled in Australia, a fantastic anthology about the experiences of people with disabilities. Jessica Knight is a Melbourne-based writer and performer…”
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Editor’s Note

Blind Citizens Australia refers to our members as people who are blind or vision impaired. However, we respect the right of individual authors to use whatever language is most comfortable for them.

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Blind Citizens Australia Annual Report

Funding and Donations for BCA

BCA would like to acknowledge the generous work of the Jeffrey Blyth Foundation. The Foundation was formed in 1995 with BCA being the primary beneficiary.

We would also like to acknowledge our funding partners: the Department of Communities and Justice NSW, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Victoria, the Department of Social Services, Vision Australia, the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations, Guide Dogs Victoria, Guide Dogs Queensland, Guide Dogs NSW, VisAbility Inc and our generous members.

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How to make a complaint about BCA

Any member, client, volunteer, or their advocate, can lodge a complaint about the services provided by BCA. Complaints can be made in the following ways:

Phone: 1800 033 660 Email: bca@bca.org.au Post: Blind Citizens Australia, Level 3, Ross House 247 – 251 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Vic 3000

If there are complaints of a serious nature, the Chief Executive Officer will ask that the complaint be put in writing.

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